Our Teachers

At Happy Corner we are lucky to have teachers who are committed to providing excellence in early childhood education. They take their work seriously and truly incorporate the principles of our philosophy into each activity. HCP is a Parent Participation Preschool, and in accordance with our regulations, we always have a parent on duty in the classroom to assist the teachers. Parents who attend preschool for their “duty days” will find they learn a great deal from our teachers, particularly in terms dealing with difficult situations without compromising respect for the child.

Hisae McMichael

I have been involved with Happy Corner since 1984 when our family joined the preschool with our oldest child. In 1992, while I was studying for my ECE Certification from Langara College, I returned as an assistant teacher, and then two years later I was hired as the supervisor of the school. Remembering how the school embraced and nurtured our family, my work at Happy Corner always brings me back to those times.

For me, our school is a rich learning environment for all of us: teachers, children and families. It is a place where discoveries happen all the time. I view our Happy Corner community as a vibrantly coloured mosaic in which each family has a significant role, either small or large, depending on the life path each is on.

I believe guidance in emotional and social development during the preschool ages has significance for children as it gives them life-long tools to co-exist with others, while also keeping alive their own identities and desires. For me, the ambience and physical set-up of the school is very important. When the learning environment is arranged properly, it becomes a third teacher in our classroom. It demonstrates our trust in the children, it makes expectations clear, and it encourages children to explore and create. In our environment, children are respected and validated for who they are and can do their own growing and learning in a very safe, supportive and cooperative manner.

Other than my love of working with children, I enjoy pottery, yoga and being a grandmother to my four grandchildren. In 2016, I was honoured to receive the Goldie Maycock Award for excellence in preschool teaching from the Council of Parent Participation Preschools of BC. I look forward to continue working with our families and children to make Happy Corner one of the best places anywhere to grow and learn for everyone.

Johanna Kopp

I am the teaching assistant at Happy Corner Preschool. I started working for the preschool this school term in September 2016. My background training began in Germany, where I gained a Diploma in Social Work and a Diploma in Child Care from the University of Applied Sciences. I also did a training course in Early Childhood Education at the Northern Lights College BC towards an ECE degree.

Over the years, I have worked at various social institutions in different countries. It’s a very exciting opportunity to work in a Parent Participation Preschool, as I have the possibility to get to know the children and at the same time, the parents. I also love to work in a play-based environment that is centered on the interests of the children. Through my work with children, I have learned that it is very important to be patient, flexible and empathetic. For me it is so fascinating to be immersed in children’s own fantasy worlds and to see their constant interest in learning new things.

When I am not at Happy Corner Preschool, I can be found spending time with my family, traveling the world, doing arts and crafts, hiking in beautiful BC, and wandering through markets.

Our oldest child is in his second year at Happy Corner and he just loves going to preschool. We definitely plan on sending our younger child when the time comes. It’s fun but they also learn a lot.

– Lisa S.

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